Physiotherapy at Island View

Physiotherapy treatment at Island View starts with a thorough medical screen and an expert musculoskeletal examination in order to assess muscle, tendon, ligament, bone and joint issues, as well as nerve-related pain.

Our physiotherapists use a variety of treatment techniques to help you restore, maintain and maximize function, improve overall well-being, and achieve your goals.

At Island View, you will receive one on one expert manual therapy intervention, exercise rehabilitation, and movement training, along with a treatment plan tailored to help you reach your goals and optimize your health. 

Our physiotherapists will educate you on your condition to give you the tools to help you self-manage and self-heal.

We offer direct billing through most extended health plans for this service.

Our Physiotherapists

Physiotherapy Treatment Can Include

  • Hands on manual therapy for soft tissue manipulation and joint mobilizations 
  • Active release technique
  • Myofascial mobilization
  • Graston technique
  • Cupping
  • IMS/Dry needling
  • Shockwave therapy
  • Acute injury management
  • Postural assessment, movement evaluation and re-education
  • Athletic taping
  • Individualized exercise prescription

Our Physiotherapists Can Help You With

  • Low back pain – including spinal stenosis, disc injury and sciatica
  • Neck pain – including whiplash and headaches
  • Shoulder pain – including rotator cuff injuries and tendinopathy 
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Tennis Elbow
  • Sports Injuries – including running injuries and shin splints
  • Ankle sprains
  • Knee Pain 
  • Hip Pain
  • Foot Pain
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Vertigo and Vestibular Issues
  • Jaw Pain – TMJ

Treatment Methods Explained

Shockwave Therapy

Shockwave is an acoustic wave which carries high energy to painful spots and musculoskeletal tissues with subacute, subchronic and chronic conditions. The energy promotes regeneration and reparative processes of the bones, tendons and other soft tissues.

Medical effects of shockwave therapy are:

  • New blood vessel formation

  • Reversal of chronic inflammation

  • Stimulation of collagen production

  • Dissolution of calcifications

  • Dispersion of pain mediator

  • Release of trigger points

Most conditions require 3 treatments – one session per week. Some conditions may require up to 5 treatments. The injured tissues continue to heal for up to 18 weeks post treatment.

Conditions treated with Shockwave Therapy

  • Plantar fasciitis

  • Achilles tendonitis

  • Shoulder tendonitis

  • Calcific tendinopathy

  • Tennis elbow

  • Jumper’s knee

  • Heel spur

  • Medial tibial stress syndrome

  • Hip pain

  • Insertional pain

IMS Functional Dry Needling

Dry Needling is a treatment technique whereby a sterile, single-use, fine filament needle (acupuncture needle) is inserted into the muscle to assist with decreasing muscular pain, neuropathic pain, and improving function through the release of myofascial trigger points (knots in the muscle). Dry needling can also be performed near the spine where the nerve root may have become irritated and hypersensitive.

Dry Needling decreases local muscular pain and improves function through the restoration of a muscle’s ability to lengthen and shorten normally (returning the muscle to it’s normal state).

When a fine filament needle is inserted into the center of a myofascial trigger point, bloodflow is increased to the contracted muscle fibers, providing those fibers with fresh oxygen and nutrients, flushing away acidic chemicals, and thereby causing the muscle to relax.

Active Release Technique (ART) and Graston Technique

Active Release Technique (ART) is a hands on soft tissue method that relieves tissue tension by removing fascial adhesions/restrictions, which can develop in tissues as a result of overload due to repetitive use.

ART entails identifying, isolating, and targeting affected areas, to break up scar tissue through a combination of manipulation and movement. This promotes blood flow and faster healing of injuries.

The Graston Technique is a soft-tissue instrument-assisted mobilization focused on effectively breaking down scar tissue and fascial restrictions, in order to reduce pain and increase function.